07 February 2019
Australian gold miner Resolute Mining has ramped up its operations in Mali by building what is claimed to be the world’s first, purpose-built, fully automated, sub-level cave gold mine at Syama.
It is also adopting high-speed connectivity that enables the use of high-tech applications and equipment, among other capabilities.
The full-managed SES Networks satellite data connectivity platform enables enterprise cloud applications and improves the levels of safety and productivity.
The fibre-like service delivered via its O3b Medium Earth Orbit satellite constellation extends the high-capacity fibre-optic network that Resolute Mining is installing throughout the mine.
Jodie Hatch, chief technology officer at Resolute Mining said the SES Networks solution is a “game-changer” in that it allows for an unprecedented level of digitalisation of the remote mining site in Syama, delivering the same high speeds associated with fibre.
“With this transformational capability, we can increase our technology adoption and as a result increase our safety and productivity performance,” he said.
Carole Kamaitha, vice president of fixed data sales at SES Networks, said the remote mine at Syama had made a technological leap by adopting such advanced solutions and applications.
“In addition, the fully-managed solution means that Resolute Mining can focus on its business and the applications it requires to increase productivity, instead of network management,” she added.